The unsung heroes of Cedar Point’s offseasonWritten by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cedar Point is know the world over as being the biggest, best and most extreme amusement park. Maintaining this title is no small feat and while guests depart for the season, Cedar Point’s crew of ‘unsung heroes’ digs in and tears down.
According to Cedar Point’s Bryan Edwards “We start tearing rides down after Halloweekends and work through the winter”. Of course Cedar Point promises new rides nearly every year, a great deal of effort and resources are dedicated to keeping fan favorites running and safe.
“Our most expensive program in the park is safety,” explained Edwards. “From the time the park closes in November, until it’s reopens for a new season, the rides are disassembled, inspected and rebuilt. It’s about longevity and safety.”
Edwards, who has spent twenty seasons with Cedar Point, described the maintenance and construction crews as the “Unsung heroes” of Cedar Point. “They’re out here in the cold and the harsh weather building new rides and make sure all the other rides are safe. We make sure the park is safe and fun for millions of people each year and for our own families as well.”
While coasters, thrill rides and other attractions are taken apart, scrutinized and eventually reassembled, there is new construction underway at ‘America’s Roller Coast’.
“This year we’re introducing two new family rides. The last two years were focused on the thrill rides with the Wind Seeker and The Gatekeeper. For the 2014 season we’re adding two new rides designed for family entertainment.” said Edwards.
“This is also our 15th year for Camp Snoopy,” explained Edwards. “We are updating this part of the park, moving some rides, updating others and building new rides.” The Jr. Gemini is being repainted and renamed ‘Wilderness Run’ and the entrance to the ride is being moved to the other side of the coaster. The child-sized ‘Power Tower’ known as the ‘Frog Hopper’ is being moved as well.
As part of the update to Camp Snoopy, Cedar Point is adding the ‘Pipe Scream’ thrill ride, which will reach heights of 43 feet. To many, 43 feet doesn’t sound too ‘thrilling’ but this ride is designed to spin riders around at a speed of 43 miles per hour as the ride climbs and falls along its steel track.
The other new build for 2014, is called ‘Lake Erie Eagles’. “It’s a spinning ride where you sit in individual cars” explained Edwards. “The ride will spin like the ‘Wave Swinger’ but what’s unique about this ride is that riders will have a paddle, something like a rudder, that will control your motion, control how far you swing outward. You control your ride; you set your own thrill level. Each ride is different and it’ll be great for families.”
Not to be content with two new rides, Cedar Point is also renovating Hotel Breakers. Edwards explained, “This year we’re renovating the exterior, and next year we’re renovating the inside of the hotel”. It’s all part of creating an entire vacation and thrilling experience, something Cedar Point is known for.
As Cedar Point’s army of maintenance and construction workers prepare for another busy season, there are others setting goals for the coming years. “We always have a five year plan here at Cedar Point,” explained Edwards. “We know pretty well what we’re going to be working on for the coming years.”
How does Cedar Point know what will keep their fans and guest happy? Simple, numbers. “Each ride has a turnstile that counts riders. We know how many people in any give hour of any give day ride any specific ride. That’s how we determine where to build, what to improve. Our guests vote with their feet.” said Edwards.
While the 2014 Cedar Point season may feel far off as winter sets in, it is because of the park’s ‘unsung heroes’ that Cedar Point guests will have two new rides, a fresh Hotel Breakers and a renovated Camp Snoopy to enjoy this coming spring, summer and fall.